Loving Fashion and Fashioning Love

Please join Custom Collaborative for a very special event Beyond Fashion: Diversity & Sustainability for the premiere screening of a our short film “Fashion Is Love.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

at Chase Contemporary Gallery

231 10th Avenue

New York, NY 10011

Who designed the shirt you’re wearing? Where was it made and who made it? What inspired her to make it and how do you feel when you’re wearing it? Aside, perhaps, from a few prized possessions, these questions may be hard to answer about your everyday clothes and even about your best professional or formal attire.

Custom Collaborative’s new short film, “Fashion Is Love,” explores questions like these as it focuses on sustainability, equity, and inclusivity in the art, craft, and business of fashion. Featuring three graduates from Custom Collaborative’s Training Institute, “Fashion Is Love” helps audiences appreciate fashion design as an art form in the context of a mechanized global industry.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Custom Collaborative will host the premiere screening of “Fashion Is Love.” This festive event also features Custom Collaborative’s pop-up shop, an interactive panel discussion with cutting-edge fashion insiders, stylishly catered refreshments, and swag bags. Sponsors for the event are Hiss Productions, Miss Jessie’s, Fashion Mannuscript, and Empower Cocktails. Tickets ($40) are available through Eventbrite.

Following the premiere film screening, legendary fashion retailer and Custom Collaborative’s business development manager Veronica Jones will moderate a conversation with Brandice Daniel, Gary Lampley, Jussara Lee, Ashia Sheikh, and Constance White to discuss the film and their own experiences as advocates for diversity, equity, and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry.

Custom Collaborative is a Harlem-based nonprofit social enterprise serving low-income women, especially immigrants to the US, with training and ongoing support in the art, craft, and business of fashion design, manufacture, and custom-fitting. Our Training Institute and Business Incubator offer our women skills and opportunities for successful entrepreneurship and viable careers in an environmentally sustainable apparel industry. We also advocate for fashion workers’ rights to fair wages and conditions in an industry often notorious for disregarding those rights. And we promote access for fashion consumers to clothing that actually fits and flatters their bodies. In 2019, we will launch Fashion That Works, a worker-owned cooperative serving the industry with small- to medium-batch manufacturing and sample services. As we like to say, our work takes place “at the intersection of diversity and sustainability.”

Please join us for Beyond Fashion: Diversity & Sustainability. Tickets ($40) are available at Eventbrite. For more information please contact Brenna@customcollaborative.org